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Clinical Trials Monthly - April 2013

Clinical trials help us increase our knowledge about cancer and develop more effective, less toxic treatments. Each month we publish this newsletter with our Hotlist of the newest clinical trials that might be of interest to you and your patients. In this issue, we feature trials for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and lymphoma.

Colorectal Cancer

Lung Cancer


Breakthrough Breast Cancer Treatment — "A Magic Bullet"

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved T-DM1 for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer in February. The drug (trade name Kadcyla), was the subject of several clinical trials here at SCCA and has been hailed as a breakthrough cancer treatment because of the way it targets tumor cells.

SCCA medical oncologist, Julie Gralow, MD considers T-DM1 to be a “magic bullet” for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. She explains why in a video about T-DM1. 

Colorectal Cancer with Liver Metastasis

TheraSphere® Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma of the Liver (7627)

A Phase III Clinical Trial Evaluating TheraSphere in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma of the Liver who have Failed First-Line Chemotherapy

This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of TheraSphere® in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer of the liver who are scheduled to receive second-line standard-of-care chemotherapy of either an irinotecan-based regimen, usually FOLFIRI, or an oxaliplatin-based regimen, usually FOLFOX.

TheraSphere, containing yttrium-90 glass microspheres, is used for the treatment of hepatic neoplasia in the European Union. It is approved in Canada for treatment of hepatic neoplasia in patients who have appropriately positioned arterial catheters. In the United States, TheraSphere is approved for commercial distribution under a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) for use in radiation treatment or as a neoadjuvant to surgery or transplantation in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who can have appropriately positioned hepatic arterial catheters placed. The device is also indicated for HCC patients with partial or branch portal vein thrombosis/occlusion when clinical evaluation warrants the treatment. Investigator: William P. Harris, MD

Lung Cancer

ABRAXANE® (Nab-Paclitaxe l) for Advanced NSCLC (7755)

A Phase II Study of Weekly ABRAXANE® (Nab-Paclitaxel) for Patients with Advanced NSCLC with EGFR Mutations Following Front-line Therapy with EGFR Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors

This study will evaluate the overall response rate to weekly nab-paclitaxel in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations following front-line therapy with EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). These patients represent 10 to 15 percent of advanced NSCLC and show remarkable sensitivity to EGFR TKIs such as erlotinib and gefitinib. However, most patients experience disease progression after approximately one year and will require second-line therapy. Evidence indicates that these patients may also be sensitive to taxane-based therapies.

ABRAXANE is a biologically interactive nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel. By combining a protein with a chemotherapeutic agent in particle form, this composition increases intra-tumoral concentrations of the drug by receptor-mediated transport, a process that facilitates transcytosis across the endothelial cell.

This is an SCCA investigator-initiated study that is open to SCCA patients and patients at the following SCCA Network sites: Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology, Group Health Cooperative, MultiCare Health Systems, Olympic Medical Center, and Skagit Valley Hospital. Investigator: Christina Baik, MD, MPH


Brentuximab Vedotin for Relapsed or Refractory CD30+ Lymphoma (FH 7808)

A Pilot Study of Weekly Brentuximab Vedotin in Patients with CD30+ Malignancies Refractory to Every >= 3 Week Brentuximab Vedotin

Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris™) is an antibody drug conjugate (ADC). The brentuximab vedotin targets CD30, found on some cancer cells and some normal cells of the immune system. The chemotherapy is an antimitotic called monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE). MMAE kills the cells that the anti-CD30 sticks to. Brentuximab vedotin is FDA-approved for certain lymphomas. However, some patients’ cancer stays the same or gets worse after treatment with brentuximab vedotin at the approved dose. This study looks at the effects of giving treatment more frequently and at a lower dose. Investigator: Ajay K. Gopal, MD

DCDT2980S or DCDS4501A in Combination with Rituximab for Relapsed Lymphoma (FH 2649) 

A Randomized, Open-Label, Multicenter, Phase II Trial Evaluating the Safety and Activity of DCDT2980S in Combination with Rituximab or DCDS4501A in Combination with Rituximab in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

This study will randomize patients to one of two experimental ADCs, DCDT2980S or DCDS4501A, along with rituximab for patients who have failed or relapsed after treatment with other NHL therapies. Because the toxicity of the drugs is very low, and because these patients have few other effective options, the study is a high priority for researchers and clinicians.

DCDT2980S and DCDS4501A were designed to inhibit tumor growth. They target specific markers on the surface of tumor cells: CD22 and CD79b. In the laboratory, DCDT2980S and DCDS4501A reduced the growth of a number of B-cell malignancies including lymphomas. Rituximab has been tested in combination with DCDT2980S or DCDS4501A but more information regarding the combination is needed. Investigator: Oliver W. Press, MD, PhD

Trials Hotlist

NCI Designation

Disease Site

Trial Description



 A Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized Study to Evaluate the Substitution of Marqibo® (Vincristine Sulfate Liposomes Injection, VSLI) for Standard Vincristine Sulfate Injection (VSI) in the Induction, Intensification, and Maintenance Phases of Combination Chemotherapy in the Treatment of Subjects = 60 Years Old with Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)



A Phase II, Randomized, Open-Label Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Two Doses of Quizartinib (AC220; ASP2689) in Subjects with FLT3-ITD Positive Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)



Pilot Study Evaluating the Use of Ex Vivo Expanded Cord Blood Progenitors as Supportive Care Following Induction Chemotherapy (FLAG) in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory AML



Mitoxantrone, Etoposide, and Cytarabine (MEC) Following Epigenetic Priming with Decitabine in Adults with Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) or High-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS): A Phase I/II Study



A Phase I Study of CSL362 (Anti-IL3Ra / Anti-CD123 Monoclonal Antibody) in Patients with CD123+ Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Complete Remission or Complete Remission with Incomplete Platelet Recovery at High Risk for Early Relapse



A Phase I/II Study of Low Dose Cytarabine and Lintuzumab-Ac225 in Older Patients with Untreated Acute Myeloid Leukemia



Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Trial of CPX-351 (Cytarabine: Daunorubicin) Liposome Injection Versus Cytarabine and Daunorubicin in Patients 60-75 Years of Age with Untreated High Risk (secondary) AML


Bone Marrow Transplant

A Phase II, Randomized Study to Assess the Safety and Anti-Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Activity of Different Doses of Maribavir for Treatment of CMV Infections that are Resistant or Refractory to Treatment with Ganciclovir/Valganciclovir or Foscarnet in Transplant Recipient


Bone Marrow Transplant

DEFLECT-1: A Phase IIIb Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Study to Demonstrate the Safety and Efficacy of Fidaxomicin for Prophylaxis against Clostridium Difficile-Associated Diarrhea in Adults Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation


Brain Cancer

Phase III Trial on Concurrent and Adjuvant Temozolomide Chemotherapy in Non-1P/19Q Deleted Anaplastic Glioma: The CATNON Intergroup Trial (RTOG 0834)


Breast Cancer

The BEACON Study (Breast Cancer Outcomes with NKTR-102): A Phase III Open-Label, Randomized, Multicenter Study of NKTR-102 Versus Treatment of Physician's Choice (TPC) in Patients with Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Breast Cancer Previously Treated with an Anthracycline, a Taxane and Capecitabine


Breast Cancer

A Pilot Study of Vorinostat to Restore Sensitivity to Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy Part B



A Phase III Randomized, Open-Label Study of Ponatinib versus Imatinib in Adult Patients with Newly Diagnosed Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in Chronic Phase


Colorectal Cancer

A Phase II Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of GS-6624 Combined with FOLFIRI as Second Line Treatment for Metastatic KRAS Mutant Colorectal Adenocarcinoma that has Progressed Following a First-Line Oxaliplatin- and Fluoropyrimidine-Containing Regimen


Colorectal Cancer

A Phase III Clinical Trial Evaluating TheraSphere® in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma of the Liver Who Have Failed First Line Chemotherapy


Colorectal Cancer

A Phase IIA Open Label, Adaptive, Randomized Clinical Trial of Dalotuzumab (MK-0646) Treatment in Combination with Irinotecan Versus Cetuximab and Irinotecan for Patients with Metastatic Rectal Cancers (mRC) Expressing High IGF-1/Low IGF-2 Levels


Endometrial Cancer

A Phase II Evaluation of Dalantercept, A Novel Soluable Recombinant Activin Receptor-Like Kinase 1 (ALK-1) Inhibitor Receptor-Fusion Protein, in Treatment of Recurrent or Persistent Endometrial Carcinoma


Esophageal Cancer

A Phase III Trial Evaluating the Addition of Trastuzumab to Trimodality Treatment of HER2-Overexpressing Esophageal Adenocarcinoma


Esophageal Cancer

Randomized Phase II Trial of PET Scan-Directed Combined Modality Therapy in Esophageal Cancer


Gynecologic Cancers

Randomized Phase II Study of MLN8237, an Aurora A Kinase Inhibitor, Plus Weekly Paclitaxel or Weekly Paclitaxel Alone in Patients with Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer, Preceded by a Phase I Portion in Patients with Ovarian or Breast Cancer


Head & Neck Cancer

A Phase II Study of Carboplatin, Nab-paclitaxel and Cetuximab for Induction Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck



Multicenter, Open-Label Randomized Study of Single or Double Myeloablative Cord Blood Transplantation with or without Infusion of Off-the-shelf ex Vivo Expanded Cryopreserved Cord Blood Progenitor Cells in Patients with Hematologic Malignancies


Liver Cancer

POLARIS2009-001: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Multicenter Phase III Study of ADI PEG 20 Plus Best Supportive Care (BSC) Versus Placebo Plus BSC in Subjects With Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Who Have Failed Prior Systemic Therapy


Lung Cancer

An Open-Label Randomized Phase III Trial of BMS-936558 Versus Docetaxel in Previously Treated or Metastatic Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)


Lung Cancer

A Study of HSP90 Inhibitor AT13387 Alone and in Combination with Crizotinib in the Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)


Lung Cancer

An Open-Label Randomized Phase III Trial of BMS-936558 Versus Docetaxel in Previously Treated Advanced or Metastatic Squamous Cell Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)



An Exploratory Study of the Biologic Effects of BMS-936558 (Anti-PD-1 Monoclonal Antibody) Treatment in Subjects with Advanced Melanoma (Unresectable or Metastatic)


Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Study to Evaluate Cellular Adoptive Immunotherapy Using Polyclonal Autologous CD8+ Antigen-Specific T Cells for Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma


Multiple Myeloma

A Multicenter Phase Ib, Open-Label, Dose-Finding Pilot Study to Evaluate the Combination of Carfilzomib and Cyclophosphamide with Dexamethasone Prior to Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Patients with Transplant Eligible Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma


Pancreatic Cancer

A Phase II/III, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Gemcitabine Alone vs. ON 01910.Na Combined with Gemcitabine in Patients with Previously Untreated Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer


Prostate Cancer

Open Label Pharmacodynamic Study of Abiraterone in the Treatment of Metastatic, Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer


Prostate Cancer

A Study of the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Escalating Doses of DSTP3086S in Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer


Prostate Cancer

A Study of Alpharadin® With Docetaxel in Patients With Bone Metastasis From Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC)


Prostate Cancer

A Phase II Assessment of the Diagnostic Accuracy of Tc-MIP-1404 Imaging in Men with High-Risk Prostate Cancer Scheduled for Radical Prostatectomy and Extended Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection Compared to Histopathology



A Study of the Safety and Efficacy of the Combination of Gemcitabine and Docetaxel in Metastatic Soft Tissue Sarcoma



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